Wine Writer Confidential | ‚ĄĖ 10 | Finalement

Welcome to my final installment of Wine Writer Confidential.

L.M.Archer, FWS | Bourgogne Master Level

That’s right.

As a student of Burgundy, I contend that ‘affordable Burgundy’ is not an oxymoron.

In the coming months, binNotes moves towards a focus upon Affordable Burgundy and Beyond.

The ‘beyond’ includes emerging and existing Pinot Noir regions and the topic of terroir.

Trade sample reviews, tasting events, speaking engagements, judging, and professional consulting will reflect this shift.

I will continue to also cover topics relevant to the publications for whom I work as a professional wine, food and travel journalist.

Thank you for your support throughout this journey to better honor my voice while adding value on the topic of affordable Burgundy – and beyond.

NOTE:

Over the next few weeks, please look for any pending tasting notes and interviews conducted prior the shift in focus.

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And please do follow me on Instagram, Facebook and other social media ‚Äď you can find the icons above on the left-hand side of this site.

Cheers!

Ackerman Family Vineyard + Ackerman Heritage House | BKWine Magazine

Dear Readers:

As I prepare to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration later this week, I wanted to alert you of the recent publication of my interview with Lauren Ackerman of Ackerman Family Vineyards and Ackerman Heritage House in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

You can find the link here.

It’s also available in Swedish here.

Also…please look for a new format and focus to binNotes in 4th Q 2017…More on those changes after summer break.

In the meantime, enjoy these final dog days of  summer. Cheers!

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Cheers!

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Hedonistic Taster Goes Scandinavian! | The Walls

Greetings, Dear Readers:

FYI: Paris-based BKWine Magazine now features my Hedonistic Taster tasting notes on the artisanal wines of Ali Mayfield  at The Walls.

Link to The Walls tasting notes here.

And for the Scandinavian among you, editor Per Karlsson (also of Forbes.com) has taken the time to translate them to Swedish as well.

Link to Swedish The Walls tasting notes here.

I really appreciate the translation, as Sweden boasts a thriving international sommelier community supportive of unique, small lot wines.

More Hedonistic Taster here.

Skol!

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Cheers!

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My latest in BKWine Magazine | Talking with Ali Mayfield of The Walls | Walla Walla, WA.

Dear Readers:

Delighted to announce that my exclusive interview with winemaker Ali Mayfield of The Walls in Walla, Walla, WA is now featured in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

Full interview available here. 

For Scandinavian readers: Full interview available in Swedish here.

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The Hedonistic Taster | ‚ĄĖ 17 | The Walls¬† available here.

Other exclusive binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ artisan winemaker interviews available here.

I want to hear from you! Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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Cheers!

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The Hedonistic Taster | ‚ĄĖ 22 | Suo Red Collection + Stellekaya | South Africa

The Hedonistic Taster¬†| ¬†‚ĄĖ¬†22 | Suo Red Collection + Stellekaya | South Africa

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne MLTastevin

‚ÄúWine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster,¬†a¬†binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ¬†trade¬†sampling¬†of¬†gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate¬†tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‚Äėhedonistic tasting,‚Äô coined by legendary¬†Burgundian vigneron¬†Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Wines of South Africa.

Today’s Tasting:

Suo Red Collection ‚ĄĖ2 + Stellekaya Hercules | South Africa

If you’ve never tasted the wines of South Africa, you need to start – now!

Arguably one of the globe’s most overlooked wine regions, South Africa hammocks the continent of Africa between the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and the Indian Ocean on the East. As an emerging New World producer, South Africa enjoys some of the world‚Äôs oldest wine growing soils and most diverse ecosystems, including the¬†UNESCO World Heritage Fynbos (meaning ‚Äėfine-leaved’) ecoregion, home to one of the planet’s largest biomes.

These tasting notes compliment my forthcoming South African artisan winemaker interview series featured in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

The wines here showcase the talent of Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa‚Äôs first black woman wine maker, and winner of South Africa’s¬†Woman Wine Maker of the Year award in 2009. Biyela blazed her career at boutique winery Stellekaya, and has since moved on to form her own label, Aslina, named after her grandmother, a huge influence on her life. She’s also captured the attention of Mika Bulmash of Wines for the World, who tapped her for Suo | The Collaboration Series – ¬†also featured here – a collaboration with Napa Valley winemaker Helen Keplinger.

Brilliantly original, a fierce grace marks these wines, reflective of both the winemaker and her native land.

Wine:¬†Suo Red Collection ‚ĄĖ 2 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec.)

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol:  14.5 %

Suggested Retail:  $36

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Opaque blood-red robe.

Nose:  Feral notes of tomato leaf, tobacco, leather.

Palate: Umami-infused black fruit, vegetal notes; medium body, acids, tannins and finish.

Suggested Pairings:  A stalwart companion to steak or ribs with a side of frites.

Wine: Stellekaya Hercules (100% Sangiovese)

Vintage: 2011

Alcohol:  14%

Suggested Retail: $29.99

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Dusky garnet robe.

Nose:  Dusty leather, red cherry, tomato, potpourri backnote.

Palate: Savory mélange of dark cherry, tobacco, cedar. Medium body, acids, tannins, finish.

Suggested Pairing:  Traditional tomato-based dishes featuring mushrooms and richer proteins, such as ragout or lasagna.

Learn more about Wines of South Africa here.

Learn more about Wines for the World here.

More Hedonistic Taster here.

 

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Vinography.com | What Alder Yarrow is Reading Now…

Dear Readers:

Thrilled to see my latest feature in Oregon Wine Press on Pedro Parra, the Terroir Whisperer included in this week’s roundup of what¬†Alder Yarrow, author of Vinography.com¬†¬†is reading now…cheers, all!

Link here to see it now.

 

 

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WineBusiness.com + Wine Industry Insight = Terroir Whisperer

WineBusiness.com + Wine Industry Insight = Terroir Whisperer

Dear Readers:

Thrilled to see my feature on “Terroir Whisperer”Pedro Parra in the July edition of Oregon Wine Press¬†¬†mentioned in both WineBusiness.com and Wine Industry Insight¬†today.

 Nice way to celebrate July 5th Р cheers!

 

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